By Bryan Jones
The Maryland women’s basketball team managed to escape Breslin Student Events Center with a 76-68 win, stopping the Michigan State Spartans from completing a huge comeback. Maryland led 61-45 at the end to a third quarter, but a 11-0 run by the Spartans cut the lead to 61-52 with just six minutes remaining.
The Spartans simply ran out of time in the comeback as a three-point shot cut by Branndais Agee made it a five-point game. Stephanie Jones played a huge role scored four of her 14 points during the final six minutes to seal the victory.
The win avenged Maryland’s Jan. 11th loss to Michigan State with the eight-point win. The January loss was the Terps’ first game since losing Blair Watson for the season with an ACL tear.
Maryland (20-3, 9-1 Big Ten) improves to 9-1 on the road and remains atop the Big Ten with the win. The Terps continue to hold a two-game lead over Ohio State with just five games remaining before the Big Ten Tournament. Meanwhile, Michigan State continues to struggle as the Spartans have dropped their past six games.
Kalia Charles filled up the stat sheet scoring a team-high 19 points and 11 rebounds. Charles performed much better than her first outing against the Spartans where she scored only nine points and shot a disastrous 4-11 from the field.
Kristen Confroy also had a strong bounceback performance against the Spartans after shooting 4-of-11 on Jan. 11th by scoring 14 points.
Maryland will travel face Rutgers on Sunday at noon. It will be the second matchup against the Scarlet Knights in two weeks, as the Terps won by 28 at Xfinity Center on Feb. 1st.